Kolkata Knight Riders

The two times champions finished fourth in the ninth edition of the tournament. The eliminator match against Sunrisers Hyderabad ended their journey in the IPL 9. They have a couple of concerns before the start of this year’s IPL and they seem to have found a solution for the major one.

Andre Russell was ruled out of this year’s IPL following a ban of one year from cricket for doping code violation. KKR have roped in Colin De Grandhomme as a replacement for Andre Russell who is like to like a replacement for the West Indian all-rounder. Colin De Grandhomme is a medium pacer and a hard hitter lower down the order. In seaming condition, he can generate movement with the ball and could be a real threat with the bat.

Umesh Yadav is set to miss the first two matches for KKR after the long test season.

So, overall KKR is all set to go into this year’s IPL as one of the favorites with their heavy pace attack and a balanced batting line-up.

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